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Offline nham3407

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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2017, 11:02:24 AM »
I am using a 14' Ram 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 3.92 rear, and helper air bags towing my 24 foot enclosed.  I am averaging around 8-9 miles towing and 19 hwy. not towing.  I am saving for an aluminum trailer to hopefully lighten up a few pounds. My trailer weighs 3400 empty and the 72 Mach 1 weighs right around 4000.  The truck is rated at 10,200 and I run a weight distributing and sway control Anderson Hitch.  I have towed a little over 5000 miles in the past 2 years.  Every time I am on the road I wished I had a 3/4 ton diesel. Every time I am driving back and forth to work or the store I am glad I have a 1/2 ton.  Right now the gas 1/2 ton works for me.  I am sure in the future I will upgrade to a 3/4 ton diesel.  My decision point was that I spend a lot more time daily driving than towing. The capabilities of my 1/2 ton are not being maxed out with my load. I do pay very close attention to brakes and earlier than required maintenance. 
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2017, 12:16:29 PM »
When I'm hauling 2 at a time. Dodge 3500 Dually Diesel  9mpg traveling at 72/73 + or 11mpg if I drop down to 65 :o
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2017, 01:06:49 PM »
I am using a 14' Ram 1500, 5.7 Hem

:o :o :o :o :o :o
When I'm hauling...Dodge 3500 Dually Diesel 

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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2017, 01:28:31 PM »
Yeah, usually catch a little flak for the Ram.  Oh, well.  Dad retired from Chrysler in 99' after starting his career with AMC. Chrysler and AMC kept me under a roof and fed as a kid, but Ford will always have my heart.
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2017, 01:43:12 PM »
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2017, 02:42:30 PM »

In doing the research, I'm finding more options for Ford Excursions, compared to available F-250s.

I didn't expect that.

F-150s with larger V8s might be another option, I'll be renting a Uhaul open trailer for movements....
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2017, 04:16:39 PM »
If you are only thinking open trailers in the long run than any 1/2 ton should be able to handle it for you.  If the long term is to go enclosed I would keep on the path your on.  Make sure you have a very very clear understanding of the weights you are dealing with.  Your cars GVWR and the trailers weight and the load it is rated for.  Make sure your trailer is safely rated for your car weight plus several hundred pounds for all of the extra stuff that often gets placed in the car to or from the show/event.  With all of that information research the capabilities of your tow vehicles and stay safely below those limits.  You are talking about the safety of you, anyone riding with you, your prized car and every other person on the road with you. 
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2017, 11:04:56 PM »
I just returned from a camping trip 200 one way miles of hills and dales from N. GA to central Alabama and pulling a 7,000# 5th wheel  RV. According to the computer I got averaged 12.9 mpg while towing and 22.6 while exploring the area. This was avoiding interstate highways and included a lot of small winding back roads.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2017, 02:49:51 PM »
My 2002 F-250 Superduty with a number of mods, including a Banks Stinger Plus system an ram air.  Don't forget the gauges!


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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2017, 11:58:32 PM »
Tow a 9,000 lbs. 35 foot travel trailer with my 2013 F250, 6.7 diesel and average 11.2 mpg while towing.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2017, 05:28:26 PM »
Every time I am on the road I wished I had a 3/4 ton diesel. Every time I am driving back and forth to work or the store I am glad I have a 1/2 ton.  Right now the gas 1/2 ton works for me.  I am sure in the future I will upgrade to a 3/4 ton diesel.  My decision point was that I spend a lot more time daily driving than towing. The capabilities of my 1/2 ton are not being maxed out with my load. I do pay very close attention to brakes and earlier than required maintenance.

Its seems to be a consensus that a 1/2 ton will work for an open trailer just fine but for an enclosed trailer,you might not want to do it every day.  My 02 f150 with a 5.4 did ok with an enclosed trailer and we went over some big hills like Tahoe on the way to Utah.  In the long run,an F250 with gas or diesel works best for most enclosed trailers. My 16 F250 gas does an excellet job towing an open trailer.  In fact some in our last caravan had to ask us to slow down due to swaying.  It was the cars having a problem with swaying.  Myself,I did not see enough use to justify the diesel upgrade.

With an open trailer, my 02 f150 got 9-14 MPG.  Not bad as around town was 13-16 mpg.  My 16 F250 gas gets 8-11 towing and 11 to 13 around town.

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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2017, 07:38:24 PM »
I had to tow my 22-foot-long commercial grade enclosed trailer once with my F-150.  It did admirably on the flats, but if an incline needed to be climbed I had to hit the bottom at 85 mph and keep it floored.  On a steeper grade, I usually was at 40 to 45 mph by the time I reached the top.  The truck did great, however, and never complained or overheated.  I got a whopping 6 to 7 mpg.

When I tow with my F-250, I have to watch the gauges so I don't get into the red zone on the pyrometer.  I usually back off when it reaches the yellow.  On one trip to Washington with BAMA, their cars couldn't keep up with me towing.  The F-250 gets 11 to 14 mpg towing.  It's also my daily driver.


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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2017, 04:37:41 PM »
I have a 24 ft Rexhall Class A with an 01 Ford V10. I chose this rig due to its sandwich core construction and super short length for an A class.
I tow a 20 ft enclosed Haulmark 7k rated trailer using a square rod friction weight distribution system. It's gets about 6 mpg overall towing at full trailer capacity. I bought it for it's sleeping capabilities at the race track ... Not its mpg.

This combo approaches 20k gvwr, about the same as my friends RV which is 12+ feet longer.

I also have an 01 Powerstroke which tows the same trailer at double the fuel economy. But I prefer to sleep in the RV rather than the trailer when using the pickup.

Any mpg rating is fairly useless without noting terrain.
Your mpg rating on the flats cannot be compared to our mountainess terrain in Washington.
Also, when towing with the RV I keep my speed to 60mph mostly. But when I see a big hill coming I will kick it up to a few mph under 70.
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2017, 01:52:42 PM »
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Re: Tow rig preferences.
« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2017, 08:29:34 PM »
2014 F150 3.7 (Non EcoBoost). Previously had a 5.4 and went with the 3.7 for better economy. Hadn't anticipated towing a car around at the time the I bought it but have traveled from VA to NY numerous times and it does pretty well. As a matter of fact I'm loading up tomorrow for another round trip to Ny and back. Ive since bought my own trailer which is substantially lighter than the Uhaul trailers Id Been renting. Curious to see how it does this time. Usually hangs out around 12-15 MPG.
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